The Bengalese finch is a species that is not found in the wild, they were developed in Asia several hundred years ago probably from a species known as the white-rumped munia. They are found in a range of colours and even crested varieties.

Their amiable nature has led them getting the alternative common name of the society finch. These birds are often used by birdkeepers as foster parents for harder to breed finches.

Our Bengalese finches spend the summer in the walled garden aviary but this week we have moved them all into one of the nature centre’s finch aviaries for the winter.


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